Legendary Forms TV Venture With Emma Frost, Matthew Graham

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The U.K.-based Watford & Essex already has 10 projects in development, including shows with Misha Glenny ('McMafia') and Stephen Butchard ('The Last Kingdom').

Legendary Entertainment has teamed with veteran TV writers/showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, The White Queen, The Spanish Princess, Doctor Who, The Man In The High Castle) on new U.K. joint venture Watford & Essex.

The drama production company, to be based in Bristol, England with Frost and Graham serving as joint CEOs and Christine Healy joining from New Pictures as COO, already has a slate of 10 projects in development.

Its projects include:

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea – a futuristic underwater adventure series based upon the classic Irwin Allen television series from the 1960’s. Developed and written by BAFTA-nominated Chris Lunt and Michael Walker (Young Wallander).

Hail, Satan! – a dark social comedy-drama created by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham, in development with U.K.’s Channel 4.

Championess – the forthcoming Legendary Comics graphic novel based on a true story, created by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (on sale in April 2021). Set in the ferocious, male-dominated world of C18th bareknuckle boxing, the series will be told through the lens of championess Elizabeth Wilkinson, reimagined as half-Indian and a daughter of an immigrant, as she trains to become the best female fighter in London.

Roxana– a dark and funny parable about female identity, adapted from the Daniel Defoe novel by Emma Frost.

A contemporary thriller from BAFTA-award winning Stephen Butchard (Rose D’or-nominated Baghdad Central, The Last Kingdom)

An original project from BAFTA-nominated Rob Williams (The Victim, Killing Eve, The Man in the High Castle,upcoming Suspicion)

Matilda – a Medieval female-driven political adventure series created by Matthew Graham.

Heat – an original supernatural YA drama set on a London housing estate. Created by Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre.

The Alice (w/t) – a family medical drama set in Australia. Created by Ashley Pharoah (Around the World in 80s Days, Life on Mars, Wild at Heart)

Amazonia – an epic environmental thriller from International Emmy winner Misha Glenny (McMafia), BBC broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Lang, and Robert Muggah and Ilona Szabo of the Rio-based Igarapé Institute.

"It is such a treat for us to be in partnership with Legendary on this new adventure," said Frost and Graham. "With Legendary’s success, talent and experience behind us, we’re confident that we can make some great, hit shows and have a blast doing it! TV continues to enjoy a golden age of creative diversity and risk. We’ve always enjoyed pushing the envelope in terms of bold and genre-bending ideas, and Legendary has always put fearless creativity at the centre of their business. These two styles can only grow and develop with this new company."

Added Chris Albrecht, managing director of Legendary Television: "We are thrilled to launch this new venture with Emma and Matthew, who have proven time and time again to be masterful storytellers, and to develop a slate of international projects that foster diversity and nurture both young and accomplished creative talent alike."

Frost and Graham are represented by Alex Kohner at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner Entertainment Law in the U.S.. In the U.K. Frost is represented by Ligeia Marsh at Curtis Brown. Graham is represented by Valerie Hoskins at Valerie Hoskins Associates.